8 Days Biking Dubrovnik Countryside and Islands, Croatia

Sightseeing and Biking Holiday Croatia

This tour starts in the beautiful Dubrovnik countryside area of Konavle and ends in the Korcula island. You will get the chance to explore the amazing islands, medieval towns, old villages, and lovely bays. Croatia is a country of 1,000 islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate, and one of the best ways to explore it is without any doubt on a bike.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Mostly flat, though some terrains are unpaved or hills
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 170 kilometers / 107 miles
  • E-bike: Available for rent / 210 EUR

Highlights

  • Adventurous cycling rides
  • Chance to see historical monuments
  • Sightseeing and exploration of local villages
  • Enjoy a ferry ride and chance to go swimming
  • Scenic landscapes and exciting routes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Support van

Skill level

  • Intermediate

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Accommodation

You will be provided seven nights of accommodation. On the first and second nights, you will be staying in a three-star guesthouse in Konavle countryside, and on the third and fourth nights, you will stay in a three-star guesthouse in Lumbarda in the island of Korčula.

The fifth night will be spent in a three-star guesthouse in Polače or Pomena, while the sixth night will be spent in a three-star guesthouse in Dubrovnik. On the seventh night, you will stay in a three-star guesthouse in Dubrovnik.

Program

The duration of the tour is eight days and seven nights, and it will be based in three destinations, beginning on the Konavle where you will spend two days, and then continuing over Pelješac Peninsula towards Korčula where you will spend two days. After that, you will cruise the beautiful island of Mljet and return to Dubrovnik area where you will spend one day of cycling on the island of Šipan.

Bike information

Road bike (Brand FELT, model Z85)

With the perfect blend of comfort and performance, the Z85 is just the bike to see you through your first century or gran fondo. Its Endurance Road Flite Custom-Butted aluminum frame will surprise you as much for its nimble-handling as its comfort. To make sure it performs flawlessly under shifting on the hills or in a sprint, it uses Shimano’s 11-speed 105 shifters and derailleurs.

With its compact crank and wide-spaced cassette, this bike will take you up hills and mountains and get you back down with confidence.

  • Available sizes: 51, 54, 56, 58, 61 centimeters
  • Rental cost: 140 EUR for one week

Hybrid touring custom-built bikes

These hybrid bikes are custom built and designed for several day touring. All of these hybrid bikes have adjustable stem and come in six different sizes, male and female frame, so they will be able to make perfect fit for you.

Hybrid bikes are built from lightweight aluminum, and have wide gear range; triple chairing, and nine-speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28-inch wheels, fenders, integrated rear rack, and dynamo powered lights.

  • Available sizes: 52, 55, 58, and 61 centimeters for men's size, and 43, 48, and 53 centimeters for women's size
  • Bike rental: 90 EUR per week

Cube Analog 29-inches Hardtail Bike

This 27-gear hardtail MTBs of the brand Cube are equipped with an ergonomic formed 6061 aluminium frame, front suspension 100 millimeters, 29-inch wheels with 2,25 Schwalbe tires, skid proof handlebar, a high quality 3 x 9 Shimano drive train front Alivio or rear Deore, Cube Active saddle, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

  • Available sizes: 17, 19, 21 ,23 inches
  • Bike rental: 120 EUR per week

E-bike Kalkhoff

These e-bikes of the brand Kalkhoff are equipped efficient mid-drive Impulse 2.0 motor system, center-mounted lithium-ion battery pack, battery range minimum of 89 kilometers and maximum of 201 kilometers, advances pedal assist drive mode, dynamo powered lights, full-length fenders, integrated rear rack, suspension fork, 8-speed 1 x 8 Shimano Nexus gearing, adjustable stem, 28-inch wheels, and unisex frame impulse V2 Alloy.

  • Available sizes: Unisex
  • Bike rental: 160 EUR per week

Bike equipment

Each bike is equipped with saddle bag containing tire levers, spare tube, tools and patch kit, hand pump, cycle computer, water bottle holder, lock, and rear rack. Pedals are flat, toe cage, or clipless pedals (SPD). Available equipment with supplement charge are 20-liter waterproof side panier Ortlieb, handlebar bag, map holder, helmets, GPS device, and child seat.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dubrovnik and transfer to Konavle

You will be met at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) and get transferred on a short shuttle to Konavle. There will be fitting of the bikes and briefing with the representative, and depending on the time, you can go on a warm up ride in Konavle Valley. Overnight stay will be in Konavle countryside.

Accommodation will be in a three-star guesthouse in Konavle countryside. Breakfast is included on this day, as well as bike fitting and warm-up ride.

Day 2: Cycling in Konavle Countryside (40 kilometers / 25 miles)

On this day, you will spend cycling in the farming area of Dubrovnik, wherein the cycling route follows the valley and river Ljuta, villages of Zvekovica, and the group of the villages in Gornja Banda. You will also get to visit Cavtat town. Overnight stay will be in a three-star guesthouse in Konavle countryside. Breakfast is included on this day.

  • Route: Gruda - Zvekovica - Ljuta - Gruda (circular route, 40 to 55 kilometers)
  • Approximate total distance: Up to 40 kilometers
  • Type of ground: Asphalt
  • Optional longer route: Gruda - Cilipi - Prevlaka - Gruda (circular route up to 65 kilometers)

Day 3: Konavle over Peninsula Pelješac to Korčula (40 kilometers / 25 miles)

On this day, you will take a shuttle from Konavle to Peljesac Peninsula and Korcula Island. All those who like longer bike rides can cycle Peljesac Peninsula bike route (up to 50 kilometers).

This route is very scenic but with some demanding parts. If not cycling along peninsula, then it is possible to take a shuttle to Korcula and a shorter bike ride on the island. Overnight stay will be in a three-star guesthouse in Lumbarda, Korcula Island. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 4: Korcula Loop Ride (40 kilometers / 25 miles)

For your second day in Korcula, it is suggested that you try a circular ride from the village Lumbarda to Korcula town where, in the old town, you can visit the cathedral and the house of Marco Polo.

After town sightseeing, you will bike along the coastal road to the picturesque bay of Racisce, and then after lunch, you will return to the same road to Lumbarda. Overnight stay will be in a three-star guesthouse in Lumbarda in the island of Korčula. Breakfast is included on this day.

  • Route: From Lumbarda to Korcula town and from Korcula town to the bay of Racisce.
  • Total route length: Approximately 40 kilometers
  • Maximum elevation: 80 meters
  • Type of the ground: Asphalt

Day 5: Korcula to Mljet National Park (30 kilometers / 19 miles)

After breakfast, you will head to Port Korcula where you will take a ferry to Mljet. Journey time is about 30 minutes. Your cycle ride starts in village Pomena or Polace, two small towns just outside national park territory, and your route will take you around the salt lakes, through villages Babine Kuće and Soline, around lakes back to town Polace or Pomena.

You will also visit the delightful island of Mljet, famous by its natural protected area where there are two salt lakes and many historical monuments that are dated from ancient times. Overnight stay will in a three-star guesthouse in Polače or Pomena. Breakfast is included.

  • Route: Village Polace - salt lakes - Vrataosolina – Polace
  • Approximate total distance: 30 kilometers
  • Maximum elevation: 90 meters
  • Type of ground: Asphalt (paved roads)
  • Night stop: Mljet, Polace/Pomena

Day 6: Mljet to Dubrovnik

On this day, you will depart from Mljet to Dubrovnik taking a ferry or combined with car shuttle. Transfer from the island depends on the available ferries and season.

Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will be taken to your accommodation, and the afternoon is arranged with a sightseeing walking tour in the historical center with a local guide. Overnight stay will be in a three-star guesthouse in Dubrovnik. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 7: Island Šipan (20 kilometers / 13 miles)

After breakfast, you will leave Dubrovnik for a day trip to Elafite Island Sipan. From your Dubrovnik accommodation, you will cycle to Port Gruz where bikes are put on board for the crossing to Island Sipan.

This day’s ride on the island is very easy, relaxing, and a short biking distance can be combined with sightseeing, swimming, and relaxing on this quiet island. Island Sipan was the residential place of Dubrovnik's patricians, but as of today, it is a calm and a well-preserved typical Dalmatian island.

Following the road from Sudjuradj past vineyards and olive groves to Luka will lead you to a small harbor on the west of the island. Here, you will find many interesting sights to explore, including old churches, summer residential palaces, beautiful pine forests, and hidden bays. This is an ideal day for easy cycling, swimming, and relaxing from the city crowds.

During the afternoon, you will take a ferry back to Dubrovnik, but there are several times that you can choose for return to Dubrovnik. Overnight stay will be in a three-star guesthouse in Dubrovnik.

  • Route: From Port Sudjuradj Pakljena to Port Luka and back to Sudjuradj

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, your cycling tour ends in Dubrovnik and you will be taken you back to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) according to your flight times, or you can be transferred to some other address in Dubrovnik town if you want to extend your holidays for a few more days there. Breakfast is included on this day.

Included excursions

  • Explore old churches, summer residential palaces, beautiful pine forests, and hidden bays in Island Sipan
  • Sightseeing and walking tour in the historical center
  • Visit the cathedral and the house of Marco Polo
  • Visit the delightful island of Mljet

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Croatia. It will cover places such as Konavle, Dubrovnik, Ljuta river, Zvekovica, Gornja Banda, Cavtat Town, Peljesac Peninsula, Korcula Island, Mljet, Pomena, Polace, Babine Kuće, Soline, Vrataosolina, Šipan, Gruž, Sudjuradj.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the packages. Breakfasts are generally buffets that take your active program into consideration with a variety of low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunch is generally on your own, although some group tours decide to pool funds on some days and enjoy picnics en-route.

Dinners are usually included with guided tours, and dinner packages (half pension) are a frequent option with self-guided tours. Expect either a fixed menu or a few choices. If you have any allergies, restrictions or strong preferences, please let the organizer know as far in advance as possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All cycling rides
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Local emergency support
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Orientation with local agent for each destination
  • Riding routes with maps

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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